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July 25, 2021 | 2 minute read
Randy Browning was familiar with the privately owned Quail Hollow Ranch long before he joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. He’d been a wildlife biologist for the state of Mississippi and knew of the owners’ desire to manage their property for northern bobwhite quail. And that meant longleaf pine, the perfect habitat for the elusive bird, as well as species of great importance to the Service: the gopher tortoise, black pine snake, and eastern diamond back rattlesnake. Learn more...
July 12, 2021 | 7 minute read
What is the pearl darter? The pearl darter (Percina aurora) is a small (2 to 2.5 inches long) snub-nosed fish found in pools or deep runs of flowing streams and rivers. It is a bottom dwelling species generally found over sand, gravel, or bedrock in slow to moderate currents. Where does it occur? Native to the Pascagoula River system of Mississippi and the Pearl River system of Mississippi and Louisiana, pearl darters continue to survive in the Pascagoula River system but have not been seen in the Pearl River system for more than 40 years. Learn more...
Removal of interior least tern from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife - Questions and answers
January 11, 2021 | 6 minute read
What is an interior least tern? Least terns are the smallest members of the tern family. Terns are generally considered seabirds, but several species are also found along rivers, lakes, or other wetlands. The interior least tern is a migratory bird species, nesting along freshwater habitats of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and their major tributaries and overwintering in the Caribbean and South America. Least terns feed primarily on small fish. Learn more...
July 14, 2021 | 4 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a proposed rule to designate 649,066 acres of critical habitat across 13 states for the rufa red knot, a robin-sized shorebird that relies on U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts to fuel its remarkable migrations from the Canadian Arctic to the southern tip of South America. If finalized, the designation would not require federal agencies to expand their current approach in reviewing federal actions such as those involving recreation, development or other activities in rufa red knot habitat. Read the full story...
July 13, 2021 | 3 minute read
As part of the process mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 37 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. These species are primarily found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico, but are also known to occur in Delaware, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before September 13, 2021. Read the full story...
July 12, 2021 | 5 minute read
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate critical habitat for the pearl darter, a small fish native to the Pascagoula River system of Mississippi and the Pearl River system of Mississippi and Louisiana. Pearl darters continue to survive in the Pascagoula River system but have not been seen in the Pearl River system for more than 40 years. “The protection of the pearl darter in 2017 under the Endangered Species Act paved the way for us to work together with our conservation partners in Mississippi on recovering the species,” said Leopoldo Miranda-Castro, the Service’s Regional Director. Read the full story...
Populations of paddlefish in the United States have been on the decline over the past few decades primarily because they are one of three egg-bearing species that are permitted to be commercially fished and exported for their eggs. With a decline in Caspian Sea sturgeon stocks, which was the main source of caviar, canneries have been using other species of fish, including paddlefish, to create caviar. To mitigate these declines, Pvt. Learn more...